Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Run that by me Again


I liked the tag I made so much from yesterdays post that I had to make more using a different color pallet. This one uses Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Soft Suede, and vanilla cardstock. Fabric is from Beau Chateau. This tag is so Victorian!


I have a tip for you all....When punching out smaller pieces a good way to keep them from getting lost (been there done that) I put them on the sticky side of post it notes. Keeps them safe, and makes it so much easier to pick them up when you are ready to assemble your project.

Spent a part of yesterday going through my many cards. I plan to give some to my mom in law for Christmas. Some of them are from card swaps I was in which only had the card fronts so those needed to be made into full size cards. Others needed a lighter color on the inside of the card, and still more needed some word stamps. All in all it was a very productive day.

My SU order comes today. YAY! Love happy mail. The Brown guy just doesn't know how happy he makes me!!!!!! If he only knew. SHHHHH don't tell hubby.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Smiling Snowman Tag


Who couldn't smile at this happy snowman? Tag is from Two Tags die cut with Crumb Cake. Tab Rounder punch in Early Espresso, snowman punched on white with 1 3/4 circle punch, eyes and cheeks made with owl builder punch, carrot was cut free hand with Pumpkin Pie cardstock. Fabric from Holiday mini, word stamp from Come to Bethlehem. Other things used, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, white gel pen, mini glue dots, button, Cherry Cobbler marker.

Yesterday I spent some time putting together a box that I'll be mailing out of state. Just waiting for one more gift to arrive on Wednesday then I'll be able to mail it out on Thursday. Did some housework, and got on the treadmill. Gotta work off that Thanksgiving fest!

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Cookie Poem



This is a cookie poem to use for gifting a cookie cutter. Pretty cute poem, I don't remember where I got this. I did find out there are other poems out there for cookies. If you do a search using cookie poem as the key words you will find the other ones. I used the little ginger bread man from Got Treats stamp set. Punched it out with scallop punch and added a bakers twine bow.

I've been busy wrapping up gifts, and using all the turkey leftovers. Which by the way I did. Used the last of it yesterday to make turkey noodle soup. Sarah came over as she knew I'd be making it. It was nice just having the four of us for dinner. We talked, and played some old Super Nintendo games. Me and Sarah went out and did some shopping. So even though it rained most of the day it was a good day!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stocking Horse


I really like using the stocking builder punch to make hobby horses. This little guy is too cute! Stitched Stocking stamp used and inked with Cherry Cobbler. I ran a strip of sticky tape to the back of the stocking and looped bakers twine and pressed down in the adhesive as I went. Linen thread created the bridle.


It is very simple to created the "V" shape in the word banner by putting an end of the cardstock in the corner of the 1 inch square punch. I like easy!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Birthday Pics


Sarah showing off some presents. She's holding light bulb ornaments my dear friend Kat gave her. The Grinch, and the Cat in the Hat. Sarah was thrilled to get them!


A Wicked Witch of the West coffee mug. Those who know my daughter are aware she was the Wicked Witch at Cedar Point for several years during there Halloweek ends. She loves anything to do with Wicked.


Turkey out of the oven and ready to eat. It was so good!!!!


Sarah wanted brownies for her birthday instead of cake so I made her two pans. This one has 29 candles on it. Next year I told her no 30 candles on her cake...She is 29 and holding....just like me!



Make a wish!!!!!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day

Wishing all my family, friends and blog followers a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

No artwork to share today. spent yesterday finishing up the house cleaning and baking. I didn't think I had that much to bake, but I did.

I'll be back tomorrow with more stamping projects

Gobble, Gobble!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Folded Turkey Napkin


I visited mychinet.com and got the directions to fold the napkins into turkeys. How cute! I decided they needed a bit of color so I stamped the turkey from Gift Givers in basic black on crumb cake cardstock, then colored them in with markers. Used bakers twine to tie the tag on. I'm going to ask each of our guests to remove the tag an on the back write one thing they are truly thankful for. At the end of dinner I'll ask them to read what they wrote if they would like to.


Side view of the turkey napkin.

I was busy cleaning house yesterday. Just about finished, but today I'll be baking and prepping for dinner. Don't you just love all the hustle and bustle of the holidays? I know I sure do! After Thanksgiving I'll be busy wrapping gifts that need to be sent out of town. Christmas cards have been finished I'll need to pop them in the mail.

I want to wish my wonderful, beautiful, and talented daughter a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope all your wishes come true Sarah. She is working a few hours today at Curves, so I won't be seeing her today. We are going to celebrate her birthday on Thanksgiving. She'll be 29......and holding!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Card Share


Received this great Thanksgiving card from Kat on Saturday. Love Day of Gratitude stamp set. That stamp set is still on my wish list....ah someday.

Didn't get to do any stamping yesterday. Sarah came over and we had to take all the decorations off the Barbie tree because I was not really happy with it. I thought I would be happy with the new pink lights I picked up on Sunday, but then decided they were to big for the tree. So Sarah and I went shopping around for more lights. Bless her heart for putting up with her mom and the Barbie tree. It was funny at the store when I was checking out with my new pink and white lights. A guy in line asked me about the pink lights, and I told him it was for a Barbie tree, then he replies that will be nice for your grand daughter. I told him it was for my tree. You should have seen the look I got.

I'm spending much of the day cleaning house. I think I'll make the pumpkin, and zucchini bread today....if I have the energy.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Pennant Punch Tree Tag


I love how this gift tag turned out. Base is Top Note die in Chocolate Chip. Layer is left over fabric I had from the gift box SU gave me. You can still get the fabric its in the Holiday Mini, Holly Berry Bouquet #124065. I frayed the edges of the fabric with my fingers. Tree is layered on Shimmery white cardstock. The tree was made with Wild Wasabi. I punched the scallop pennant from the Pennant punch three times. These were then run through the Big Shot with Petals a Plenty embossing folder. Next I scored each tree in the center and glued them together at the score lines then glued to the white layer. Word is from Four the Holidays which was also stamped on Shimmery white.


I feed our squirrels by leaving peanuts or other treats on the back step at the kitchen sliding glass door. Here you see one of them enjoying his snack.


And after eating them all....he always comes back and knocks on the door for more. Too cute!!!

I got the Barbie Christmas tree put up yesterday. Of course wouldn't you know it the pink strand of lights went out. So me and Skip went on the hunt for more pink lights. I finally found some at Big Lots. Not like the ones I had but they worked. I'll post pics of the tree in a few days.

Sarah is coming over later today for lunch. After that I'll be cleaning the house and getting ready to start the holiday baking.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Snowflake


Just very simple card share today. Base card Not Quite Navy. White layer punched with snowflake punch. I added another punch on top of that using silver glitter paper. If you don't own Four the Holidays stamp set I would recommend it. Four very nice word stamps to use on Christmas cards. I've been reaching for it a lot during the past month.

We went to the Medina Candlelight walk last night. I of course forgot to take my camera. Bummer! The streets of downtown Medina were so pretty. They had gallon water jugs that were weighted down with sand and each one had a candle lit inside. The real tree in the gazebo at the center of the town was all decorated in red and gold. The band they had playing was really good. All the little shops were open it was just a fun night for walking. Thank goodness it wasn't raining and the temps were in the upper 40's so it was a perfect night!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

SUStars Blog Hop-Gift Giving Ideas


Welcome to SUStars Blog Hop. With Christmas right around the corner its time to start thinking about gift giving. I have some great packaging ideas to share with you. Be sure to visit all the blogs on this tour. We have some wonderful stampers on this group, and I'm sure you will get super ideas! Don't forget to leave comments as we just love to read them!

I decided to create all my projects with Pines & Poinsettias, and matching designer paper Holly Berry Bouquet. Still time to purchase these from the Holiday mini.


First up is a simple origami gift box. I started with 8x8 designer paper for the bottom of the box, and used 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 designer paper for the lid. Next I used the Lace Ribbon punch with Real Red cardstock. Punched two strips and wrapped around the box. Mini glue dots used to hold the bands together. They will easily slip off to open the box. Want to make a box? Visit this site
for directions.
For the poinsettia flower I used the 5 petal flower punch with Whisper White cardstock. Sponged edges with So Saffron then added a 3/4 circle to center with a pop dot. Merry from Tiny Tags.



Side view of box.


This is a "perfect" bag. These bags where shown at 2008 SU convention. You can make them in different sizes. This one uses two pieces of 8x5 designer paper. Tags til Christmas used for tag.


I really like how this little gift box turned out. I used Top Note die for the front and back, and used Box 2 die for the center. Large scallop punch, 1 3/8, and 1 1/4 circle punch for the center. I did snip off just a bit of the bottom of the Crumb Cake base so the box would stand flat.


I tied bakers twine around the Real Red box before using sticky strip to attach it to the box. This will make it easy to open the box so the recipient doesn't have to tear the box apart to get the gift open.

I hope you have enjoyed my little part in this "Hop". Next up is Denise Foor. You can visit her blog HERE

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Friday, November 18, 2011

More Tag Ideas


I'm still working on some gift tags. These feature Festive Fun stamp set. Just love how they crafted "Jolly" fun to color. Here I used basic colors, Red, Olive, Crumb Cake, Vanilla, and Basic Black. Also used Snow Much Fun, Tags til Christmas sets. I think the one with Snow Much Fun snowman the best.

I'll be going to take mom-in-law to the hospital this afternoon. She has to have a test done. Test is going to take 90 minutes so I'll be bringing along my crochet stuff to work on. Great way to past the time and I'll get some more of it finished.

It snowed yesterday, but didn't stick. Got pretty cold last night. I do have a complaint. My favorite oldies radio station started playing Christmas music yesterday and will continue to do so till the 25th of December. Now I love Christmas, but this is to much for me to take. Way to early for holiday tunes.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Non Traditional Colors


I used some non-traditional colors to create this card. So Saffron for the base, layer of Chocolate Chip that was run through petals a plenty folder, and strip of Holly berry Bouquet designer paper that was run through Tasteful Trims die. Ribbon is dotted Chocolate Chip. Stamp set Four the Holidays, and Tags til Christmas.


My crazy mixed up Christmas cactus started to bloom on Halloween. It is really very pretty. I think next year I'll try to keep it in the dark for a bit and try to get it to bloom during December. It still has a ton of blooms on it so it will still look pretty next week for Thanksgiving.


Close up of the blooms.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time to Make Tags


I spent the better part of yesterday with my mom-in-law Kate. Love spending time with her. She is such a wonderful person. Took her to her doctor appointment. Then she took me to a early dinner. Next we did a bit of shopping. She got me a new turkey platter. I broke the one my mom gave me last year. It slipped right out of my hand while I was drying it.

I didn't do to much else yesterday. I played around with a few tag ideas. I need to start thinking about how I'm wrapped gifts this year. Can't believe turkey day is next week! Time is flying by. Snowman was stamped on crumb cake with basic black ink. Colored in with white, and basic gray watercolor crayons. Hat and scarf colored with Marina Mist, and Cajun Craze markers.


After taking 54 stamps sets off my shelves to sell I was able to open up one shelve to hold my completed cards. Thank goodness I created some more space. Was getting to the point of not being able to turn around in my studio. Guess I'll just have to stop buying stamping supplies.......NOT!!!!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tony

Today would have been my brother's 55th birthday. He has been gone from this earthy world since February 2007. I still miss him and think about him everyday.
Love ya Tony!



Mom said Tony picked up toys guitars every time he saw one in the store. Pic on the left is him and our older sister Charolette.Pic on the right is me and Tony.


I love the smile on his face in this photo. The teddy bear was given to him from Lori a girlfriend he had in high school.


Tony and me playing guitars in he basement of the family home.


Tony and Sarah. The pic on the right was taken when we stopped at home before moving to Washington State.


Mom, dad, Tony, Cheryl, and their first born Corbet


Tony giving Corbet a ride on the mini bike


Showing off a new guitar


Tony and long time friend Mike


This was taken in 2001 of Tony and Cheryl. Look close at the background and see if you see what I know is there.

May you rest in peace dear brother.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Peace on Earth Snowy Night


I must have been in some type of a mood yesterday when I made this card. Just don' know what I was thinking. Lots going on and I think its to busy. Used two different embossing folders, Dasher, and Four the Holidays stamps. Moon was made by masking and white craft ink. Little tiny flakes made by dotting on moonlight Smooch ink. Base card Not Quite Navy.

We went to the mall yesterday after going out to an early dinner. It was a good day for me as Skip bought me a Coach bag. I'll post a picture when I pick it up. Macys was having a 25% off sale on the bags but it doesn't start till November 30, so he paid for the bag and reserved it, but I have to wait till the end of the month. Maybe hubby got in the Christmas spirit early this year...I mean after all the Mall was all deck out for the holidays already. I couldn't believe all the stores and the midway of the mall were all finished. They even have Santa's train up and running. Oh well its just around the corner! I'm going to put up the Barbie tree this week so who am I to judge?

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bird Builder Flower


No time to stamp yesterday. It was warm outside...big surprise too since it snowed the day before. Anyway we got out and enjoyed the sunshine. Rode the bikes, did some yard work, and later pulled out the telescope and did some star gazing.

Kat sent me this beautiful card. Flower is made by using the Bird Builder punch. Very nice Kat! I see she also dyed the pearls to match the card.

Did you notice the new badge on my blog in the upper left hand corner? I was thrilled to be on Tiffany's Crafty pics today. Just click the badge and go visit her wonderful blog. Or click here
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Holly Jolly Snowman


Isn't he just the cutest thing? Love him! So simple to make. Base card Whisper White, hat basic black, scarf Real Red. Nose pumpkin pie sponged with cajun craze. Eyes and mouth made with owl builder punch. Holly and berries made with Stocking Accents die. The hat, hat brim, scarf, and nose were all cut free hand. Used silver glitter paper to highlight the berries, and white gel pen for the stitching lines.


Skip had to pick up his prescription sunglasses yesterday so I tagged along for the ride. Which led us to Valley City. They have this cool Depot with a train on display.


Of course yesterday also was the first day that it snowed this season. You can see the snow in these pictures. Wasn't cold enough for the snow to stick. It melted as it hit the ground.


And here is my man sporting his new Harley Davidson sunglasses. Now he says he wants to get a bike.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Lodge


Happy 11/11/11

I was going to go see the Immortals today, but Skip wants to go to so I'll have to wait till Saturday. There isn't an early enough showing for us to see and still have time for him to get to work.

Stamp set used for card is Christmas Lodge. Love this set! So natural. Base card Old Olive. Layers, Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip. Vanilla seam binding, pearls, and antique brad also used. Other stamps: Sincere Salutations, and Christmas Collage background stamp.

November is just whirling by....soon it will be Christmas. I'm in the mood to put up my tree, but I'm holding back as I know I'll get the look from hubby. I may put up the smaller Barbie tree, then put the big tree up after Thanksgiving dinner is over. Well at least get it started.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Eat Beef


This long tall turkey wants you to eat beef for Thanksgiving this year. Couldn't resist the tag. I typed it up on the computer. Punches used for Tom:

Body, 1 3/4 circle, head, 1 3/8 circle, feathers large scallop, hat 1 inch square and word window punch, eyes, owl builder, feet, boho punch. Beak was free hand triangle.
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip. More Mustard, black, designer paper.

Speaking of turkey (no I'm not having beef) I picked up a 16 1/4 pound one. I'm having 9 people for Thanksgiving dinner which should be enough for everyone and lots of leftovers. I'd rather have the leftovers than the turkey dinner. I know I'm strange. But there are so many things you can do with leftover turkey.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

No Post

Sorry no post today. I was pretty busy with Sarah on Tuesday, then the day just got away from me. I had planned to do some stamping and update the blog with some artwork, but crocheting got in the way. With Christmas coming up soon I need to get busy and get some gifts made.

We had a bit of a wind storm earlier this evening. It was rattling the windows along the backside of the house. Got some more rain as well.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sharing.....


some things my friend Kat has been doing. Isn't this Cat in the Hat ornament just darling!!!! She painted the light bulb and painted the face. The hat was made by Lisa and Connie. These were made for the church craft sale.


I received this card from Kat a few days ago. I just love the Bliss stamp set. Love these colors also Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Crumb Cake. Beautiful!

Didn't do any stamping yesterday. I was busy with making other Christmas gifts.
I did get to talk to Sarah she is coming over around noon today for lunch. She is also going to take pics of some retired stamp sets I'm selling. She'll be listing them on E-Bay. I have 54 to sell. WOW!!!! Didn't know I was ready to part with so many of them...but I am....moving on.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows Anyone?


We made these hot chocolate holders at stamp camp. Sorry ladies as I didn't get the "marshmallows" to work before you did your projects. Stamp set Snow Much Fun.

Couldn't make camp? Want to make one? Here are the measurements.

Cut cardstock 9 x 5. Score this piece at 2 6/8 and again at 6 3/8. Fold on the score lines, overlap ends and glue in place. Punch hole though all layers at top of cardstock. Thread length of ribbon through the hole, push hot cocoa packet down through the holder then tie ribbon bow at top. You can pull the ribbon to get the packet out.

One of the wreaths I used only marshmallows, on the other I used a combo of mallows and sixlets candy. Cello bag is formed into circle the adhered end to end with glue dot. Wrap ribbon around center and tie in bow. Attach the completed wreath to the holder using glue dots.



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